Evolutionary History of Local Species
Dr. Anthony Metcalf will be the guest lecturer at the San Bernardino
County Museum on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. to answer the
question, “Does a regional fauna exist in interior coastal
Southern California?” The talk, one of the county museum’s
guest lecture series, is offered at no charge.
The interior valleys, mountains, and watersheds of southern
California, especially in San Bernardino and Riverside counties,
harbor a wide diversity of local species. This is in part because
a large number of different habitats are found in a relatively
small geographic region. Metcalf will discuss whether larger scale
geologic and climatic events affected these different species
in similar ways, and if this shared history is reflected in their
“I will present an overview of the molecular genetic patterns
across a number of local species to address these questions,”
said Metcalf. “People at the lecture will see how understanding
the evolutionary history of our local species helps conserve the
unique biodiversity of our region.”
Dr. Metcalf is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California
State University, San Bernardino, and is Adjunct Curator of Genetic
Resources at the San Bernardino County Museum. Much of the work
he will present during this lecture is part of an ongoing research
collaboration between CSU San Bernardino and the County Museum.
The San Bernardino County Museum’s free guest lecture series
was organized to bring experts in cultural and natural history
to the museum to share their research with the public. The museum
is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands.
Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. For
more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.